Edinburgh International Festival today announced its 2014 programme.
Director Jonathan Mills made the announcement to mark his final Festival. Mills revealed the artists, companies and work from around the world that will be showcased at the event.
Over 2,400 artists from 43 nations will attend and perform. They include Kronos Quartet, Mariinsky Opera, Stan Douglas, Luk Perceval, National Theatre of Scotland and National Theatre of Great Britain, Heiner Goebbels, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Rambert, Nicola Benedetti, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lemi Ponifasio, Tom Cairns, Chekov International Theatre Festival, Czech Philharmonic, Ute Lemper, Handspring Puppet Company, Brett Bailey, Blythe Duff, Sofie Gråbøl, Paco Peña Flamenco Company, Mark Baldwin, Danniil Trifonov, Anne Sofie von Otter, Piotr Anderszweski, Oliver Knussen, Jordi Savall, Collegium Vocale Gent – and many others.
The Festival has emphasised artists from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to reflect the Commonwealth Games, taking place this summer in Glasgow.
There is also, as always, a heavy smattering of Scottish culture, with three plays on three kings of Scotland: The James Plays by Rona Munro. The plays are co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and the National Theatre of Great Britain, and supported by The Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.
The Edinburgh Festival Chorus will also represent Scotland, with 130 Scottish singers representing the 49-year old choir.
BBC Radio 3 will broadcast 14 concerts live from the festival and record four in the Usher Hall for future broadcast.
“In Festival 2014, we bring together cultures from around the world to present an intense three weeks of intimate and epic theatre, dance, music and opera,” Mills said. “I look forward to welcoming audiences from Scotland and around the world to Edinburgh this August to share in compelling stories from artists who are exploring and transcending conflict to create the most sublime and optimistic work.”
The Edinburgh International Festival takes place on 8-31 August.
Photo credit: Wonge Bergmann.
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Posted on: 18/03/14